Member updates July 28, 2016

Steve Baum, President and CEO of Boat Owners Warehouse, recently hired two interns as cashiers for the summer. Jennaie and Maevah, high school students who are being served by HANDY, met Steve while volunteering at Marine Industry Day last month. HANDY, which stands for Helping Abused, Neglected, Disadvantaged Youth, embraces, educates, and empowers vulnerable youth to become engaged, productive adults. After interviewing the two sisters, Steve hired them both to work at the BOW store nearest to where they live.

Nautical Ventures is opening its third South Florida showroom at 1501 Broadway in Riviera Beach, Florida. The decision to open this store comes in the wake of all the new expansion at Riviera Beach Marina and the Rybovich Yachting Center, adjacent to the new dealership. The new store will focus primarily on boat and tender sales, as well as service, and will be expanding its boat lines to include several new brands not currently inventoried at Nautical Ventures two other locations. One block east of the new dealership at Riviera Beach Marina, Nautical Ventures has a rental kiosk for kayak and standup paddle board rentals, a prime launching point for the very popular boating destination, Peanut Island. The new location will be open by July 25th.

Broward College is expanding its course schedule within the Marine Engineering Management Program. In addition to classes running from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 pm to 6:00 p.m., classes will also be offered from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Having three shifts of classes will allow students to accommodate their work and life schedule around their class schedule. Students can now earn their ABYC certificate, technical certificate, or Member updates News associates degree in a more flexible environment. Broward College also provides innovative training to meet employer workforce needs, whether it is custom training, internships, or apprenticeships. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Sean Gallagan, Associate Dean, Marine Programs, at sgallaga@

Jim Naugle, MIASF Board member and treasurer, recently purchased the old Striker Boat Yard, which has been established since 1957. Located on Marina Mile at the New River Bridge, the renamed Lauderdale Boat Yard, can accommodate approximately 30 marine repair trades to serve the boating community

David Mir has been named vice president of operations for Largo, Florida-based Nautical Structures. Miller was most recently managing director for Bandera and served as director for improving operations for Rybovich’s two marine refit yards specializing in super mega yachts. Additionally, Colin Kiley has come aboard as President and an equity partner. Kiley also comes to the company from Rybovich Boat Company where he was charged with business development and was Director of Supply Chain Management.

Denison Yacht Sales has announced the opening of its 20th and newest office in Miami at the Miami Beach Marina. The office is Denison’s seventh in Florida and sixth already this year. Denison’s Miami location will be led by a seasoned team of five licensed and bonded yacht brokers: Mike Kiely, Stanley Castro, Carlos Dominguez, Juno Prudhomm, and Nick Athanassiadis. Denison will feature new boat brands at the 1,500 square foot Miami office including Beneteau, Monte Carlo, Carver Yachts and Marquis Yachts.

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